Many of us would claim we lead a healthy and active lifestyle. From regular gym sessions and sporting activities, to scrutinising the ingredients in our favourite foods. It seems there is a growing awareness of the importance of being fit and healthy. But the minute we walk in to work we sit down at our desk, start working, and rarely move for the vast majority of the day.
Sitting is a part of everyday life. We are all sitting longer than we should, whether it’s sitting in the car on the way to work, sitting for the entire day whilst at work and then followed by more hours of sitting we get home. That is a lot of sitting, but unfortunately some people are unaware of the health risks linked to a sedentary lifestyle.
Having a sedentary lifestyle can have serious health implications as sitting is not just bad for your back; it affects your breathing, digestion and every aspect of your health, along with your brain engagement and focus. Many health experts are calling it the ‘new smoking’ in terms of health implications, after citing it as a major cause of rising obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It’s then no surprise that research shows one hour of daily gym-time is easily offset by over seven hours sat at a computer screen.
Recent Fellowes research reveals that 48% of workers suffer from back problems, 42% neck problems, 39% fatigue and 38% headaches because of this. And, troublingly for employers, a sizeable number of them are happy to attribute their ailments to the long periods of time they spend working at a computer, or a laptop.
What’s the solution?
Although prolonged sitting can be extremely damaging for your health, just standing instead is not a complete solution. Standing over a prolonged period can be harmful to your back and lower limbs, with aching feet and swollen legs being just two of the most common complaints. Getting the right balance of sitting and standing is essential and there are many ways to do this.
The new LOTUS™ Sit-Stand Workstation from Fellowes is designed to hit these issues head on, effortlessly taking desk working to a higher level. The intuitive Sit-Stand working solution encourages desk-based employees to work actively and introduce more movement into their day, rather than being sat in one sedentary position for hours at a time.
Such functionality is essential when you consider that 71% of UK workers believe the longer they stay sitting at their desks, the harder they find it to stay alert. While 55% admit to poor posture at their desks and 58% agree that their work would be better quality if they stood up to work sometimes.
With the LOTUS™ it only takes a few seconds to transform your desk into a height-adjustable workstation. You are provided with a large work area for all of your equipment to move with you too, without the inconvenience of needing to replace your existing desk furniture. All of this helps to make the transition between sitting and standing a seamless process.
Other key features include:
- Parent-pending Smooth Lift Technology™ keeps workstations stable and makes changing positions effortless
- 22 different height settings so your employees can work in a positon that’s perfect for them
- An innovative cord management and device charging slot to allow your employee’s entire workspace to move freely with them
It also arrives fully assembled, so you can join the sit stand revolution in a matter of moments.
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In Scandinavian countries, such as Denmark and Sweden, 88% of office workers are already using Sit-Stand desks as a way of tackling workplace health issues and feeling the benefits, so it’s an obvious move for other European countries to follow suit.
Stephen Bowden, Chartered Ergonomist for Morgan Maxwell on behalf of Fellowes UK commented:
“Sit-Stand products can introduce the idea of how simple movements from sitting to standing can have massive health and wellbeing benefits. The Sit-Stand desk is the first step in getting people moving which is what the human body is designed to do.
“People focus on how many hours we sit for. This is incorrect. It’s how often you interrupt sitting that is good for you.
“If you do nothing else, going from sitting to standing 32-36 times per day which will help reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.”
Ultimately, a more active work life leads to more dynamic, focused and productive teams.
See how the LOTUS™ Sit-Stand Workstation can help transform your business with our unique workplace assessment process, and try before you buy. Contact us for more information.